How to Cook Baked Potatoes for Large Groups
Finally, you found an answer to the hardest question of the day – what to cook today. You have decided what to cook today but, your cooking responsibility is not limited to ordinary level as you have to make dinner not for two, three or four people, but for a larger group of people as both your family is big and also you might expect some guests to join you for the dinner party held at your house.
Menu of the day – baked potatoes, so delicious. Especially if you keep reading my article where I will reveal some secrets of making the best baked potatoes in the world.
A small tip – prepare everything in advance to avoid any possible stress you might have in the future. To be on the safe side you can bake the potatoes in advance so that only warming up remains on you. This way you will cut down on the stress level you might get as you are making dinner for large groups and not only a few people.
The potatoes themselves take a very important role in your successful cooking process – you need to spend some time and use your own skills on choosing the right potatoes for baking. This is essential and the potatoes need to be medium size, not extra-large or frozen ones that become sweet and lose their primary taste.
Here your issue is not an ordinary one as you do not bake several potatoes at once but very many of them so you need to try to choose potatoes that are of similar size for the potatoes to be baked evenly in the oven. We all know that large potatoes take longer period of time to be baked compared with smaller ones.
First of all, preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Usually we all bake the potatoes at 400 degrees, but when we cook such a big quantity of potatoes at once, it takes longer for them to get baked at that temperature, this is why we maximize the heating temperature.
Let’s prepare the potatoes for the baking process
Firstly, we wash the potatoes well and scrub them with a special vegetable brush. After washing the potatoes, lightly coat them with olive or vegetable oil, it is up to you to decide and cover them with a light coating of sea salt. Also, do not forget to gently prick every potato with a fork a couple of times so that the heat goes deep into the potato and bakes every particle of it quite well.
Once the potatoes are ready to be transferred into the oven, place them on a large baking sheet and make sure that there is enough distance between the potatoes and none of them are touching each other. Cook more than one baking sheet of potatoes simultaneously.
Now it is time for a coffee break as most part of the work is done. Set time for the potatoes to be baked and enjoy your relaxing time. It takes about 30 minutes for the potatoes to be baked on one side and then you need to turn them over and bake them for 30 more minutes. You will realize when the potatoes are ready. If you can easily stick a fork into them. Means the dish is ready to taste.
During the process of the potatoes baking you can do a trick of filling a cooler half full of hot water to let it sit until the potatoes are well cooked. After the potatoes come out of the oven, you need to pour the hot water out of the cooler and quickly place the baked potatoes in the warmed cooler.
Enjoy your meal.